By Guest Blogger: The Nourishing Gurus
Though it may seem trendy to add flax seeds to your daily regimen, these power-packed seeds deliver an amazing array of health benefits beyond a good dose of fiber, minerals, and healthy fat.
Flaxseeds, known for their anti-inflammatory properties, have been shown to contribute to bone health, cancer prevention, reduction of blood clots, stabilizing blood sugar, and reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies on flax demonstrate that it helps detoxify harmful forms of estrogen, and is beneficial for reducing breast cancer risk.
Whole flax seeds will last longer than pre-ground flax, but they need to be ground in order to reap the benefits. Flax (whole or ground) should be stored in an airtight glass container in your refrigerator or freezer.
Flaxseed oil is especially perishable and should be purchased in opaque bottles that have been kept refrigerated. And because it is prone to oxidation, never use flaxseed oil in cooking. Instead, add it to foods after they have been heated.
Here are some great ways to add flax to your diet:
- Sprinkle ground flax on hot or cold cereal
- Add ground flax or flax oil to smoothies
- Use flaxseed oil in place of other oils for salad dressings
- Add ground flaxseeds to your homemade energy bars, muffins or pancakes
- Sprinkle ground flax onto a slice of bread spread with peanut or almond butter
We suggest an intake of 1-2 tablespoons of ground flax/oil daily.
Energy Burst Bites
These travel well and are great for a quick on-the-go nutritious snack or healthy dessert. Makes about 16-20 bites. Serving size = 1-2
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup nut or seed butter
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds
- 1 cup fine coconut flakes
- Sprinkle sea salt
- Sprinkle cinnamon and/or ginger
- Slivered almonds or pecan halves for topping (optional)
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon. May need to really work the “batter” to get uniform mixture and make sure it’s all combined.
Use your hands to “squish” and form about 1-inch round balls, pressing them flat once you put them onto the tray. Press a piece of slivered almond or half a pecan into the top of each piece (optional). Once they are firm, remove from tray and store in a glass container in your fridge or freezer.